Actresses Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?  

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List Rules Vote up the actresses of film & TV who you expect to see every awards season for the rest of their lives. Actresses must be under 40.

With 20 Academy Awards nominations, two Best Actress Oscars, and one Best Supporting Actress Oscar, Meryl Streep undeniably stands as the best actress of her generation and one of the greatest actresses of all time. Her immersive and versatile acting style allowed her to embody characters ranging from a bitter divorcee to a frosty magazine editor to the former Prime Minister of the UK, lending her a reel like no other. Since Streep occupies such a large niche within pop culture, it begs the question: who is the next Meryl Streep? 

Several young actresses on their way to becoming the next Meryl Streep include Academy Award winners Jennifer Lawrence, Brie Larson, Anne Hathaway, and Emma Stone. Non-American actresses, like Carey Mulligan, Alicia Vikander, and Margot Robbie, quickly became Hollywood A-listers for their critically acclaimed performances. Which of these talented leading ladies fit the bill as the future Meryl Streep? 

Vote up the young actresses you think will be the next Meryl Streep.

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415 173
Anne Hathaway is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Les Miserables, The Dark Knight Rises, The Devil Wears Prada

2
203 120
Emily Blunt is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
The Girl on the Train, Sicario, The Devil Wears Prada

3
244 158
Natalie Portman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Black Swan, Jackie, V for Vendetta

4
191 117
Saoirse Ronan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Brooklyn, Atonement, Hanna

5
254 224
Emma Stone is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
La La Land, Birdman, Easy A

6
275 260
Jennifer Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Silver Linings Playbook, Winter's Bone, American Hustle

7
174 189
Emma Watson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Harry Potter series, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Beauty and the Beast

8
115 114
Margot Robbie is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
The Wolf of Wall Street, Suicide Squad, Z for Zachariah

9
107 114
Lupita Nyong'o is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
12 Years a Slave, Queen of Katwe, Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

10
100 108
Alicia Vikander is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
The Danish Girl, Ex Machina, Anna Karenina

11
112 129
Keira Knightley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Atonement, Pride and Prejudice, Bend It Like Beckham

12
118 140
Brie Larson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Room, Short Term 12, 21 Jump Street

13
89 118
Michelle Williams is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Brokeback Mountain, Manchester by the Sea, Blue Valentine

14
93 132
Scarlett Johansson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Lost in Translation, Vicky Christina Barcelona, Under the Skin

15
84 121
Amanda Seyfried is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Mean Girls, Les Misérables, Lovelace

16
87 129
Anna Kendrick is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Up in the Air, Pitch Perfect, The Last 5 Years

17
68 98
Rooney Mara is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Carol, Her

18
68 114
Shailene Woodley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
The Fault in Our Stars, The Descendents, The Spectacular Now

19
54 91
Elizabeth Olsen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Martha Marcy May Marlene, Godzilla, Oldboy

20
50 84
Carey Mulligan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
An Education, Drive, The Great Gatsby

21
52 88
Elisabeth Moss is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Mad Men, Top of the Lake, Queen of Earth

22
48 83
Dakota Fanning is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
I Am Sam, Charlotte's Web, The Runaways

23
46 81
Felicity Jones is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
The Theory of Everything, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Inferno

24
45 80
Elle Fanning is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Super 8, Phoebe in Wonderland, Ginger & Rosa

25
42 82
Kirsten Dunst is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Marie Antoinette, Spider-Man, Fargo

26
43 84
Daisy Ridley is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Ophelia

27
46 93
Blake Lively is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Gossip Girl, The Shallows, The Age of Adaline

28
41 86
Chloë Grace Moretz is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Let Me In, Kick-Ass, Carrie

29
42 89
Mila Kunis is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Black Swan, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Ted

30
33 72
Claire Danes is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Homeland, Temple Grandin, My So-Called Life

31
28 69
Olivia Wilde is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Tron: Legacy, Rush, Drinking Buddies

32
22 64
Anna Paquin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
True Blood, The Piano, X-Men

33
21 66
Abigail Breslin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Little Miss Sunshine, Zombieland, Dirty Dancing

34
24 74
Zoë Kravitz is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Mad Max: Fury Road, Big Little Lies, The Divergent Series

35
25 78
Mandy Moore is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
This Is Us, Saved!, Rapunzel

36
40 116
Kristen Stewart is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Adventureland, The Runaways, Personal Shopper

37
16 59
Tessa Thompson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Dear White People, Westworld, Veronica Mars

38
17 64
Sienna Miller is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Alfie, American Sniper, Factory Girl

39
14 61
Gina Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Jane the Virgin, Deepwater Horizon

40
12 62
Gugu Mbatha-Raw is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Beyond the Lights, Miss Sloane, Belle

41
12 69
America Ferrera is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Ugly Betty, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, How to Train Your Dragon

42
9 66
Gaby Hoffmann is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Transparent, Crystal Fairy, Sleepless in Seattle

43
8 65
Zoe Kazan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Ruby Sparks, Olive Kitteridge, What If

44
6 64
Anna Chlumsky is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Veep, My Girl, In the Loop